Mommy Mondays

What new chaos the Pumpkin and Princess have wrought …

Quirks

Everyone has them. I know it, you know it. Something every person does will get on someone else’s nerves.

I have a problem with patience, so I have this quirk where I will start finishing other people’s sentences.  It’s partly because I have ADD and a million and ten things going on in the three ring circus that is my brain 99% of the time.  And it drives the mister nutty.

One of his quirks, is playing music full tilt, full volume,  full blast.  Personally, I appreciate my hearing a little more, and like a nice medium volume — loud enough to hear all of the vocals and instrumentation in a beautiful harmony but without risking permanent hearing damage or noise ordinance violations. (Mind you in a vehicle setting I’m pretty much the same way, I like to have the ability to blast it out, but don’t feel the need to have an acoustical pissing match with the guy in the lane next to me.)

So, at some point either he’s going to need a sound-proof man cave or I’m just going to need better ear plugs and insulation between the various rooms in the house.

One of my other quirks is also one of my better qualities — my creativity.  The problem with that is, again, the ADD gets in the way and while my creative chaos is organized to my satisfaction, it’s not necessarily the case for anyone living with me.  I’m just hoping to get it a little more under control, because I can see it rubbing off on the princess.  (Though my mom says it’s just that curse all mothers wish on their children — that the kids are just like them.)  Princess is my mini-me, that’s her quirk too.  All the creativity and chaos, paired with a double-helping of hardheadedness.

But … there’s a lot of stuff I wouldn’t have gotten through without either stubbornness or creativity.  It’s our quirks that make us who we are, and help us overcome what challenges are tossed in our path.

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Challenging myself

So, via another page/blog I follow on Facebook, I learned about this A to Z Challenge for April.

Essentially, starting Monday (April Fool’s Day) you begin with “A” and work your way through the alphabet, one day/letter at a time. (Sundays are off days).

I figured it would be a good way to stretch my brain and expand my blogging a bit, so I signed up.

There are more than 1,200 blogs already “in” and certainly room for more. Come play, or at least come read.

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Just when you think …

… you have the kid all figured out, they go and change it up on you.

The punkin (aka punk) will be five months old on Monday.  Due to a blocked tear duct when she was first born (and the nasty green goo growing in it)  she had to be on some relatively strong antibiotics for the first couple weeks of her young life.  Now, antibiotic allergies are routine in my family, so we try to not get so sick we need them. Punk had no choice, and the damned things really did a number on her developing digestive system.

Big sister, the princess (four going on 14) was such an easy baby, but oh no. Not Punk.  She decided she needed to be colicky.  I can’t count how many brands and types of formulas we went with until we found the right stuff – Similac Soy.  I’m still reluctant to use it because of the fructose corn product in it, but she doesn’t scream like her leg is being ripped off from gas pains anymore, so it’ll do for another month or so until we start solids. 😀

(Yes, I know tatas are tops for feeding but medication I had to be on for fibromyalgia sort of eliminated that option.)

That said, back to the topic at hand. Finally, about two or three weeks ago, she started sleeping in stretches greater than four hours a pop.  For one full week she went from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Hallelujah! Alert the media! Praise the angels!

And then it happened.

Teeth.

Again, princess got her first four easily, at three months old. Punk, on the other hand, is going to do it her way.  And her way looks to be the top two and at least three on the bottom, any time now.

While I don’t want to rush a minute of her life, because I know these days go by so quickly … dammit can’t we just get the teeth over with? Please? Mommy’s gonna lose her damn mind.

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Manic Momdays

Not the Bangles song that people “of a certain age” know from their youth.  Mondays take on an entirely different level of crazy when you’re a work-at-home mom to a 4-year-old and 4-month-old.  Particularly when the older child is as headstrong as her mother, and has vpk in the afternoons.

I suppose it’s my fault for not really enforcing a routine at the house, but since the school year started we’ve dealt with the arrival of a little sister, a litany of other challenges, and well, neither of us are exactly “morning people.”

I’ve read dozens of web sites, expert opinions, and blogs. Queried my own mother more times than I can count (and apparently, I was just like this) to no avail with getting our stuff together.

She’d rather build lego castles and play with her baby sister than get ready for school, but heaven forbid she misses school. She loves school. She’s independent and social, which is great. She knows her own mind and isn’t afraid to say what’s on it.  Occasionally to her detriment, and occasionally to everyone’s hysterical laughter.

This is a kid who loves dirt, legos, and running around in a tiara with “pretty hair.”  Lately that’s been the solution – no pretty hair for school if she doesn’t get her breakfast eaten, dishes put away, dressed and ready to go.

Logic with a four year old is a Sisyphean task, and with my luck this “pretty hair” phase will only last a couple more weeks.  But, I’ll take what I can get.   Image

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